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Helena G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3861) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3861

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    Videotape testimony of Helena G., who was born in Varín, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Slovakia) in 1913. She recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; her father's death; anti-Jewish measures after Slovak independence in 1939; forced evacuation from Varín; working in Žilina; former non-Jewish friends' hostility; transfer with her sister and mother to Poprad in March 1942; their return to Žilina; office work; volunteering for a transport to remain with her mother and sister; their deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; a privileged office position; using connections to place her mother in the hospital; her death followed by her sister's death; a Polish, non-Jewish prisoner helping her when she was sick; sharing food with friends; prisoners killing a Jewish collaborator; the death march to train transport in January 1945; arrival in Ravensbrück; train transfer days later to Malchow, then Leipzig; slave labor in a munitions factory; liberation by United States troops from a death march; traveling to Prague; hospitalization in Olomouc; staying with unsympathetic relatives in Bratislava one night; traveling to Žilina, then Varín; assistance from the local Catholic priest; and reunion with her surviving sister. Ms. G. discusses relations between ethnic and gender groups in camps, and reluctance of many to discuss prisoners' inhumanity to each other.
    G., Helena, 1913-
    Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
    Interview Date
    January 17, 1996.
    Varín Slovakia)
    Žilina (Slovakia)
    Poprad (Slovakia)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Olomouc (Czech Republic)
    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Cite As
    Helena G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3861). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Salner, Peter, interviewer.
    Antalová, Ingrid, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Slovak.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 55 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

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